Junior Tamar Kaplan ’14 died Sunday, January 6, 2013, in a Bolivian hospital, due to complications from an automobile accident. Tamar had been on a private tour in rural Bolivia when the accident occurred.
Tamar’s journey to South America was only the most recent of many achievements by which the 20-year-old Minnesotan distinguished herself during her impressive undergraduate career at CMC.
A recipient of a merit-based McKenna Achievement Award, Tamar was a Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) major with a deep commitment to serving the disadvantaged. She was an award-winning member of CMC Mock Trial and had been involved with The Advocates for Human Rights, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit organization addressing social injustice in the United States and abroad.
Tamar’s hunger for social justice also extended locally to her work as one of two managers of Student Outreach Utilizing Resources and Community Exchange (SOURCE), a student-founded and entirely student-run organization that helps nonprofit groups in need of help.
Tamar managed her busy schedule and all of her commitments with grace and a rich compassion that knew no bounds. Friends of Tamar recall not only the adventurous spirit that led her to study last fall in Quito, Ecuador, but also her warmth and gentle smile.
The CMC community sends its deepest condolences to Tamar’s parents, Drs. Daniel T. Kaplan and Maya Hanna, and the rest of their family, during this painful time.
Arrangements are being made for a campus memorial service in Tamar’s honor. Information about the service will be shared with the entire CMC community as soon as it is available.